There's something about the taste of fresh yogurt that you just don't get in the cartons bought at the supermarket. It doesn't hurt that it's also good for you, in all its varieties. The Automatic Yogurt Maker simplifies making your own yogurt, whether you prefer traditional Greek styles or a sweeter treat with plenty of fruit. It's a matter of just pouring heated milk and yogurt starter into the seven jars that come with the yogurt maker, setting them inside, and pushing a button. The digital timer lets you choose how long to run the … Read more
Aleo Flash Slideshow Gallery Maker provides easy tools for making slideshows.
The program's interface is a breeze to manage, due in part to a Wizard that walks you through every step of the process. We never needed to consult the Help file, because the onscreen directions are so strong. You can coordinate the speed and effects of your slideshow by clicking a handful of options on the first screen. From there, you choose either photos, videos, or both to include in the show, and arrange them to your liking. You can save your slideshow as a simple Flash file … Read more
MAGIX 3D Maker is an intuitive program that creates attractive 3D and animated graphics. Even users with no graphic design knowledge can produce professional-looking logos, Web buttons, screensavers, and more.
The program's interface is fairly well organized, although a visit to the built-in Help file is recommended to get the most out of the program's features. A background in graphic design may be a slight advantage in using MAGIX 3D Maker, but with a bit of experimentation, anyone can get the hang of it. It's easy to create basic 3D text and customize the fonts, colors, and … Read more
Easy Gif Maker provides an incredibly basic set of tools for creating GIF animations. Its simple layout proves to be an asset, as this program is welcoming to experts and novices alike.
We were initially turned off by the program's generic interface, which has just a few basic buttons and no design flair at all. However, we soon warmed up to Easy Gif Maker, once we realized its utilitarian design was aimed at making the entire process of creating GIF animations easy for anyone to master. While we couldn't actually create the frames necessary for animation, we were … Read more
RonyaSoft CD DVD Label Maker offers a simple set of tools for personalizing your movie and music collections. Its quick performance and handy features make for an effective program that users of any skill level can operate.
The program's interface is a breeze to manage, thanks to its single-screen navigation and clearly labeled commands. Everything is so easy to use that we never felt the need to inspect the Help file for further instruction. We were easily able to customize our labels to fit several different styles of CD and DVD cases, though, oddly, not the actual discs themselves. … Read more
Whatever happened to desktop publishing software? A decade ago you had your pick of at least a dozen programs, but now the field is nearly empty.
Sure, you can still buy Adobe PageMaker or QuarkXPress for a small fortune (make that a medium fortune: they run $499 and $799, respectively), but what if you just want a simple program for creating newsletters, brochures, flyers, and the like?
Enter Serif PagePlus X4, a terrific desktop-publishing application that's ideal for designing print and Web-based documents alike.
Virtual Album Maker Standard is a virtual photo album maker that allows users to easily create attractive electronic photo albums. Although it's not the most sophisticated program we've ever seen, its ease of use makes it a good choice for this type of task.
The program's interface is particularly intuitive, walking users through each step of the album creation process. There are several templates to choose from, including calendars and collage-style albums. Users then customize the album cover and background, choose music (the program comes with a handful of MIDI files, or users can use their own … Read more
While it may look like a blender at first glance, the Pasta Vision provides an easy way to prepare pasta quickly. The pasta cooker heats water to the ideal cooking temperature, timing the cooking in order to turn out perfect pasta every time. The capability to keep cooking water at a constant temperature allows the Pasta Vision to cook your pasta faster. When the built-in timer tells you that your noodles are fully cooked, you can remove the cooker from its base, which contains the heating element. The Pasta Vision has a built-in strainer in its lid, letting you drain … Read more
QuizMaker Pro 2009 allows users to create interactive tests in a variety of formats. Although it's not the most intuitive program we've ever used, we liked it quite a bit once we got used to how it works.
The program's interface is clean, but it wasn't immediately obvious to us how we should get started. Fortunately, the program comes with both a built-in Help file and a Word document Quick Start Guide, so it wasn't too difficult for us to figure things out. The program allows users to easily create quizzes with a variety of … Read more
Back in the late 1980s when Jane's Addiction was in its prime, I saw an interview where front man Perry Farrell was asked about sales figures for their albums. His response: "If I wanted to sell records, I'd work in a record store." He knew that the key to success was touring, which the band did almost incessantly for about three years.